Checkpoints are established and no public utility vehicles including tricycles are allowed to ply. Public transport is limited to those exempted like members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, health workers, media, workers on skeletal force duty and for major necessity purposes for food, health and basic needs.
Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of state of enhanced community quarantine in the entire Luzon area on March 16 and Mayor Darwin C. Estranero’s Executive Order No. 25, Series of 2020 placing the city under community quarantine until April 14, 2020 to prevent the spread COVID-19, a briefing was conducted for barangay captains who are mandated as frontliners in the enforcement of the orders in their respective areas.
Aside from restricted public transport, salient provisions of the order include mandatory home quarantine, suspension of classes in all levels, skeletal work force in government offices, holding of large events is not allowed, mandatory thermal check at COVID-19 surveillance check points, imposition of curfew, and social distancing must be observed.
Curfew is imposed in the city from 8:00PM-4:00AM; recreation houses are closed and business operation is regulated.
Banks in Tabuk City have cut banking hours. The Development Bank of the Philippines and the Landbank of the Philippines are open from 9AM-2PM while Metrobank is from 9AM-3PM.
City Health Officer Dr. Henrietta Bagayao emphasized the importance of community quarantine as she appealed for the people to stay at home to stop the virus from spreading.The city remains free from COVID-19, but if people keep roaming around and going places persons under monitoring, there will be a risk of outbreak in the city, she said.
City Health Office records show that as of March 17, there are three patients under investigation, and 592 persons under monitoring, mostly students who came home from Manila. They were asked to undergo 14-day home quarantine. (JDP/LL-PIA)
By Larry T. Lopez